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Video: Alex Bregman gives money to fast food workers for Christmas

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is known for a lot of things, mostly baseball related. He was the Astros’ first-round draft pick in 2015, then helped the team win the 2017 World Series. He also won the MVP Award for the 2018 All-Star Game. But that’s all on the field.

Off the field, Bregman has a YouTube channel. He mostly has videos of his appearances on MLB Network and College GameDay, crashing a wedding, answering questions, as well as training sessions. Yesterday, which was Christmas, Bregman uploaded a video of him and some buddies driving around to different fast food restaurants. After pulling up to the drive-thru window, he asks the workers if they accept tips. If they say yes, he tips them $100. For the pièce de résistance, at the end of his video at a KFC, Bregman asks how many employees are working. The drive-thru worker says seven, so he hands over $700, $100 for each of them. Their reactions are priceless.

Bregman ended up giving away a total of $1,200. This isn’t the first time Bregman has given away his money. Last month, he tipped a waitress $500 after learning that someone had recently broken into her car.

It is, of course, quite generous of Bregman to give away some money, especially during the holiday season which can be tough for lots of people for various reasons, particularly financial. According to an article by Rachel Abrams and Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times published in May this year, the median hourly wage for a fast food worker is less than $11. At 40 hours per week, that’s under $23,000 per year before taxes. Knowing that, one can understand why Bregman got the reactions he did from the workers he tipped.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.